CBS News has quite the revelation this a.m. (revelation -- heh): Sen. Charles Grassley an Iowa Republican and the party's top man on the Senate Finance Committee, is looking into half a dozen televangelists to see if they're abusing their tax-exempt status. See, Grassley wonders if Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn are raising all that dough not for God, but for their own personal Jesii -- and, no, say it ain't so. Grassley wants their financials no later than December 6, so he can see who's been naughty or nice before sending out Christmas gifts. And how did this investigation come to pass? Funny I should ask that:
The letters sent Monday were the culmination of a long investigation fueled in part by complaints from Ole Anthony, a crusader against religious fraud who operates the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, which describes itself as a watchdog monitoring religious media, fraud and abuse. "We've been working with them for two years," Anthony told CBS News. "We have furnished them with enough information to fill a small Volkswagen."
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